John E Shoffner

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Thursday, 03 February 2011
John E. Shoffner, 60, of Marysville, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, following an extended illness.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Sept. 22, 1950, to the late Marion F. and Mary Jo Stoker Shoffner. He also was preceded in death by a grandson, Dillon Shoffner.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marilyn Hildreth Shoffner, whom he married in Zanesfield on March 3, 1972; his daughter, Trisha (Don) Nickol of Cincinnati; his son, Scott (Christy) Shoffner of Marysville; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Xavier and Alexis Nickol, and Christian and Grace Shoffner; his mother-in-law, Lucile Hildreth of Marysville; two sisters, Ada Thames and Joan (Pearl) Knox, both of Bellefontaine; his brother, Fred (Linda Kay) Shoffner of Bellefontaine; a sister-in-law, Patricia (Stanley R.) Haas of Delaware; and a close friend, Joe Clark of Marysville.

John was a machinist for over 10 years with Rockwell International in Bellefontaine, worked at Westinghouse out of high school and as a security guard at The Scotts Company in recent years.

A 1968 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict.

While his health allowed, John was an active member of VFW Post 3320 and American Legion Post 79, and considered it an honor to serve on the Union County Honor Guard.

He battled many complications from exposure to Agent Orange and displayed tremendous strength, courage and appreciation in two heart transplant surgeries. Affectionately known as “Papa,” his greatest joy in life came from the love he shared with his children and grandchildren.

The Rev. John M. Groat leads a celebration of John’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville, where visitation is one hour prior. Military honors are conducted by the Union County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations be made to the OSU Medical Center in support of their heart transplant efforts.

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